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Tram shed site went on to become a supermarket

A 1963 picture showing the Foden depot, once the tram sheds

A 1963 picture showing the Foden depot, once the tram sheds

M any of you were quick to respond to my question last week about those Cowplain tram tracks.

You all confirmed that, yes, they did indeed peel off London Road into the tram sheds for the Portsdown and Horndean Light Railway which closed in 1935.

They stood where the Lidl supermarket (formerly Waitrose) now stands.

Mick Davies got in touch to say his family lived in the house attached to the tram sheds and he was raised there.

‘It was bought by the Cheshire-based lorry builders Fodens in 1935 following the railway’s closure and they sold it for redevelopment in 1967,’ he says.

He sent me the two pictures here.

The one below shows the depot shortly before demolition in the late 1960s.

And the other, the aerial picture to the right, puts the entire site in context. It was taken in 1963.

 

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